Bridge Monitoring: A Practical Guide


Professor Campbell Middleton joined the staff at Cambridge in 1989 having previously worked for nearly 10 years in bridge and highway construction and design in Australia and with Ove Arup & Partners in London. He is Chairman of the UK Bridge Owners Forum, established in 2000 by representatives of the major bridge owning organisations in the UK to identify research needs and priorities for the bridge infrastructure. He has been awarded the Diploma of the Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers (1999) and the Telford Premium Award (1999) and Telford Gold Medal (2010) from the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was elected Fellow of the Transport Research Foundation in 2005, has been involved in the development of bridge codes of practice and acts as a specialist bridge consultant to clients in the UK and abroad. The main areas of interests for his research group include: computational collapse analysis; risk and reliability analysis; computer vision for structural evaluation; non-destructive testing & inspection; wireless sensor networks for structural health monitoring; and sustainability evaluation of constructed facilities. He is one of a group of Cambridge academics awarded a £16.5M grant from the EPSRC/TSB in September 2010 to establish an Innovation & Knowledge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in Cambridge. He is the Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Future Infrastructure Forum Network Grant for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, awarded in May 2011, and a Visiting Researcher on a Canadian NSERC Strategic Grant entitled “Protecting Canada’s Concrete Bridges”; which was awarded in October 2010. His current research includes ongoing bridge model testing programs, aimed at validating his group’s theoretical methods. These tests have included a series of half-scale beam-and-slab bridge tests and 20 scale models of concrete bridges. This research has already resulted in the development of a generalized collapse analysis method; this model has been incorporated into a computer program and commercialized through the University s technology transfer company, Cambridge Enterprise, to the wider engineering profession. Dr Paul Vardanega studied at Queensland University of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honors and a University Medal and a Master of Engineering Science in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University in Geotechnical Engineering completed under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Bolton. He is a Member of Engineers Australia and a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. From April 2012 to September 2013 he worked as a Research Associate in the Laing O’Rourke Center for Construction Engineering at Technology at Cambridge working on a project entitled: Best Practice Guide for Structural Monitoring over the whole life of assets under the direction of Professor Campbell Middleton. In September 2013 he took up the position of Lecturer of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol.
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